Our annual Gift Guide is here again, and this year it is spectacular. For us, the perfect gift is one that inspires and delights the receiver, but they would be unlikely to purchase for themselves. There have been no shortage of fabulous travel accessories, luggage, travel size toiletries and travel inspired homewares that fit the bill.
Valentino Cosmetic and Toiletries bags
Public School x Tumi Bags
It was hard to imagine we would want luggage that was not Rimowa. Then one of our favourite fashion designers, Public School, did a collaboration with Tumi, and they are so desirable. The collection consists of a Medium Trip and Carry-On hard-shell suitcases, backpack, travel satchel, tote bag, and a dopp bag. You can buy this incredible limited edition range of chic luggage from Tumi retailers while stocks last.
Rimowa Salsa Air Mini
Of course we did find something from Rimowa to add to our list. The Salsa Air range now has a 20 litre capacity mini multiwheel bag, perfect for your little frequent flyer. It comes in a range of colours, navy (pictured), ice blue, white, ultraviolet and lime green.
A cool luggage tag is a great stocking stuffer for little travellers and will go great with new luggage. We particularly like Mudpuppy’s robot tag (US$10).
Minipresso Travel Espresso Machine
Not all hotels have in room coffee machines, and when jetlagged we need a kickstart just to get us down to breakfast. Minipresso is a portable travel handheld coffee device. According to its manufacturers, it helps you prepare amazing shots, with a quality close to traditional machines.
Minipresso has been designed to be the smallest, lightest and most versatile handheld espresso machine. It weighs just 360 grams, and doesn’t take up much room in your bag at 17.5 cm long. It comes in a ground coffee or capsule version, starting at US$49.00.
Les Mini De Chanel
Les Mini De Chanel is a covetable limited edition collection of five mini make up brushes presented in a Rouge Noir coloured travel pouch. It is inspired by professional makeup artist pouches, and it comes with a removable mirror and mini brush holder. Available here for $170.
Travel Size Toiletries and Skin Care
Travel-sized beauty products and toiletries from around the world make excellent stocking stuffers. OFFEN stocks some of our favourite sets like the gorgeous Coqui Coqui Amenity Box ($112) from Mexico, Air Repair Skincare Kit from USA ($56) and the old school classic Italian Marvis Travel Size Toothpaste Collection ($37.95). You can choose from one of the site’s OFFEN travel packs or put together your own. OFFEN will give you 15% off your order now through December 31, 2015 using the code ROOMCRITIC15 at checkout.
Carry On Cocktail Kit
The Carry On Cocktail Kit is fantastic stocking stuffer for any traveller. This cute travel size kit will elevate your standard mini bottle of whisky into a couple of Old Fashioned cocktails. The tin contains a recipe card, a spoon/muddler, aromatic bitters, sugar and a linen coaster. You can fly in style no matter where you are seated on the plane. Buy at OFFEN for $33.
Travel Guides and Books
We love travel guides and there are loads of new ones we have been reading for inspiration and planning trips. Some of the new ones in our bookshelf are from Monocle Travel Guide Series, from the publishers of Monocle Magazine. We also love the handy and beautifully designed CITIx60 Guides, in which sixty local creatives recommend 60 of the cities’ best architecture, art spaces, shops and markets, eating and entertainment. The new compact Analogue Guides arrange by neighbourhood, each with a concise set of listings of restaurants, cafés, bars, and hotels with custom designed, user-friendly maps. The venues featured in the Analogue Guides focus on locally sourced food, tasteful design, a sophisticated and relaxed atmosphere and independent ownership.
A new year, a new Design Hotels Book that we must have to join the collection. The 2015 Design Hotels Book ($135) showcases new exciting hotel and resorts, and the creative visionaries who brought them to life. With almost 500 pages of stunning properties, this is the most extensive edition of The Design Hotels Book to date. It introduces more than 280 hotels and their makers in 185 destinations with striking architectural, landscape, and portrait photography. A fabulous gift for anyone with a love of travel, design or architecture.
Buy travel guides or Design Hotels Book from OFFEN, and use the code ROOMCRITIC15 at checkout for 15% off all purchases.
A fabulous gift idea for anyone taking their kids to Bali, is the adorable My Awesome Bali Adventure, a travel journal for kids. It is full of activities, maps and things to learn about Bali to enhance their appreciation this gorgeous part of the world. Our 4 year old loved it, and older kids will enjoy it even more. You can buy it ($19.95) from Kidding-Around.org.
AleDRUCIAK World Map
Widawscy Studio Architektury have designed a unique world map for Polish home decor brand, aleDRUCIAK. The black steel wire frame is hand made, and is designed to attach your holiday momentos and photos. Its available for purchase from aleDRUCIAK for €249.75.
Travel Inspired Art
We have found some incredible photographs inspired by travel that we would love to have in our home.
The stunning Saguaro Palm Springs may be one of the most photogenic hotels ever, and this gorgeous photograph by Ludwig Favre is gorgeous. You can buy it on Artstar, with prices starting from US$150, depending on size and framing options.
We love the photographs of Gray Malin, and would love some. His stunning arial photography of beach scenes and mountains, and photos capturing destinations you have visited, would remind you of happy vacations every time you look at them. He also has a range of beach umbrellas, towels and iPhone cases with his signature photos on them.
Switzerland is one of our favourite destinations, and this Matterhorn light is a wonderful reminder of this gorgeous country. It is hand made in Melbourne using accurate topographic data from the Swiss Federal Office of Topography. This data is then used to create a 3D model at 1:20,000 scale and printed in a 3D printer. It’s rechargeable and portable and available here for $60.
We love these travel themed underwear from men and women from Stonemen as a stocking stuffer. They are available in digital print LA, Paris and New York designs in cheeky and brief styles for women and boxer, brief and trunk styles for men, from $39.95.
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